'We need this to be last lockdown' insists council leader

A council leader has insisted "we need this to be the last lockdown" after Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the roadmap for Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted.

Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies
Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies

The PM announced that measures will be relaxed in stages - starting with schools returning on March 8.

Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies, said: “We welcome the news that restrictions will begin to gradually be lifted over the coming weeks and months. This is the first step towards a phased return to normality.

“I urge all of our residents to continue to be cautious – so as not to compromise all the efforts and sacrifices we have had to make to protect ourselves and others during this lockdown. As a community we need this to be the last lockdown.

“Case numbers in Telford and Wrekin continue to be above the regional and national averages which is concerning. We all need to do our best to limit the spread, comply with the national guidance and not let our guard down too soon.

“We will look at the detail as it emerges in the hours and days ahead. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to keep our residents, community and businesses up to date.

“Please keep in mind that our schools will be hearing this news for the first time along with us all. They will be digesting these rules and reading and understanding the guidelines and will no doubt be in touch with families as quickly as possible.

“As a council we are calling on the government to extend support to businesses and look to extend the job retention scheme (furlough) and help many of those who have been excluded from support to date.”

Useful information about the coronavirus situation in the borough, how to get tested, vaccination updates and support available to residents and businesses are on www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus

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